Springtime In A Small Town details
|Starring:||Hu Jing Fan, Wu Jun, Xin Bai Qing|
|Genres:||Drama, Romance, World Cinema|
|Original title||Xiao cheng zhi chun|
Springtime In A Small Town
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Oct 2003|
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A small film.By chlo from Kent , 03 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I love chinese cinema, but with all foreign language films you lose something in the pace of a film when you are reading and not listeneing, and I felt this film suffered from that. It seemed slow and meandering, although it was beautifully shot and at times very moving. It feels in many ways like a play, there are only five characters and all the action takes place within one house so this is how the director builds the tension. It was worth watching but I'd recommned anyone looking to find out about Chinese cinema to watch "Beijing Bicycle" or any of Zhang Yimou's films instead.
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springtime in a small townBy a customer from Wirral , 26 Jan 2009Could'nt stop yawning...did'nt finish it........ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
DreamyBy LovedtheAcademy (4 reviews) from York , 13 Oct 2008This is how art house films were once made in Europe - producing a slow but memorable film that gradually hooks you. The settings, or sets, which they mostly are, are beautiful, if a little stylised. I like this period in China's history too. Although not alot happens in action terms, it is the relationships that are integral to the film and the story unfolds very gradually. Although it has a fairly traditional 'homecoming' plot and there is even a kind of moral at the end, it works and leaves a dreamy impression. These days no one would give money to make this type of film, certainly not in the UK, as audiences rarely have an attention span greater than that of a flea any more!
Deeply disappointingBy a customer from Aberdeen, UK , 27 May 2008This is a sadly disappointing film. It is beautiful to look at - and perhaps this is its undoing; it seems to have been made as an 'art house' film. Slow moving, the picture usually in long shot [there are virtually no close-ups of the actors faces], aften poorly acted, I found the story ultimately boring and completely unmoving: all three of the main characters need, in old fashioned terms, a good slap and to be told to snap out of it.
A very long SpringtimeBy a customer from London , 28 Apr 2008I found this film very slow and the setting not good enough to hold your attention when the story was quite predictable. I am keen to see the original version when it becomes available in translation...
Beautiful romantic dramaBy NH (4 reviews) from England , 05 Apr 2008This film is a remake of a hard-to-find 1949 Chinese classic, 'Spring In A Small Town'. I can't comment on the (apparently superior) original as I haven't seen it, but I really enjoyed this one.
The film centres around a married couple, and a doctor who comes to stay with them. The doctor is an old friend of the husband, and also a former lover of the wife. The doctor and the wife's attraction towards each other is rekindled, and they struggle with the feelings they have for each other.
All the actors manage to convey the strong feelings of guilt, lust, envy and regret they all go through with subtlety. I was riveted to my seat, wanting to see how it would all play out.
The film is slowly-paced, and beautiful to look at. It may remind viewers of 'Brief Encounter' - and some, like me, might find this film superior.
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